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A.K. Dolven

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A.K. Dolven’s paintings are moving—in both senses of the word. The Norwegian artist, who resides in Berlin and London, started out as a painter, but in recent years she began using video as well. While the paintings reveal a Minimalist aesthetic, the videos offer resonant figurative images taken from the history of painting. Dolven’s fidelity to this tradition, in spite of her turn to video, was affirmed this year in Berlin when she was awarded the Fred Thieler prize for painting—making her both the first woman and the first artist using video to be so recognized. Whatever the medium, Dolven brings movement and emotion together in an uneasy relationship that questions assumptions about looking.

Dolven’s recent show presented paintings and video works under the banner of “puberty,” a title taken from Edvard Munch’s 1893 portrait of a girl sitting naked on a bed. A video of the same name (

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